Stellar titans of Pismis 24

Home to some of the largest stars ever discovered, the open stellar cluster Pismis 24 blazes from the core of NGC 6357, a nebula in the constellation of Scorpius (the Scorpion). Several stars in the clusters weigh in at over 100 times the mass of the Sun, making them real monster stars. The strange shapes taken by the clouds are a result of the huge amount of blazing radiation emitted by these massive, hot stars. The gas and dust of the nebula hide huge baby stars in the nebula from telescopes observing in visible light, as well as adding to the hazy appearance of the image.

This image combines observations performed through three different filters in visible light (B, V, R) with the 1.5-metre Danish telescope at the ESO La Silla Observatory in Chile.

Credit:

ESO/IDA/Danish 1.5 m/ R. Gendler, U.G. Jørgensen, J. Skottfelt, K. Harpsøe

Over de afbeelding

Id:potw1015a
Type:Observatie
Publicatiedatum:12 april 2010 10:00
Grootte:2066 x 2042 px

Over het object

Naam:Pismis 24
Type:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
Milky Way : Nebula
Afstand:8000 lichtjaren
Constellation:Scorpius
Categorie:Nebulae
Star Clusters

Image Formats

Grote JPEG
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Coordinates

Position (RA):17 25 24.07
Position (Dec):-34° 25' 47.79"
Field of view:13.59 x 13.43 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 135.1° left of vertical

Kleuren & filters

BandGolflengteTelescoop
Optisch
B
433 nmDanish 1.54-metre telescope
DFOSC
Optisch
V
544 nmDanish 1.54-metre telescope
DFOSC
Optisch
R
648 nmDanish 1.54-metre telescope
DFOSC

 

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